The town of Avon is preparing to host its annual July 3 Salute to the USA event on Saturday at Harry A. Nottingham Park. The event will kick off at 5 p.m. and go until 10 p.m.
The town is recommending public transportation to get to and from the event. If you drive, parking will be available at the Beaver Creek Bear Lots. Expect long delays.
The following roads will be closed on Saturday, June 3:
- Lake Street: 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.
- Mikaela Way: 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.
- West Benchmark Road at Avon Station: 6 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- West Benchmark Road at Avon Road: 4-11 p.m.
- Riverfront Lane: 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.
- Sun Road: 9:30-11 p.m.
On Saturday, all Avon buses and shuttles will arrive and depart from the Avon Station, with the following updates:
- The town of Avon transit department will operate the Red and Blue Lines from 6:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.
- The Avon Night Rider will operate from the conclusion of the fireworks to 10:30 p.m.
- Avon Transit will run off-schedule all day.
- Lake Street and Comfort Inn bus stops are closed.
Avon will provide fare-free event shuttles as outlined below:
- To and from Beaver Creek: Avon shuttles will run every 30-minutes between Avon Station and the Elk and Bear lots between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. and between 10 p.m. and 11 p.m. Guests who park at the Elk and Bear lots after 8 p.m. will walk to Harry A. Nottingham Park, about a 10-minute walk.
- To and from EagleVail: Avon shuttles will run every 30 minutes between Avon Station and the EagleVail Community Center between 5 and 8 p.m. and between 10 and 11 p.m.
- To and from Vail: Avon shuttles will run every 30 minutes between Avon Station and Walmart Station between 5 and 8 p.m. and 10 and 11 p.m.
- To and from Edwards: Avon shuttles will run every 30 minutes between Avon Station and Freedom Park from Avon Station between 5 and 8 p.m. and between 10 and 11 p.m.
Eco Transit will offer regular service between Vail and Walmart Station, Eagle/Gypsum and Avon Station.
- Fare-free service will be provided beginning at 3 p.m. until the end of the day.
- Questions should be directed to call ECO Transit at 970-328-3520.
Parking for the event is limited and on a first-come, first-served basis and available at the following locations:
- Designated on-street parking locations,
- Beaver Creek Bear Lot,
- Designated private parking lots,
- Or, by permit only.
Beginning at 9:45 p.m. loSaturday, June 3, all vehicular traffic will be directed eastbound on Highway 6 from Avon Road and westbound on Highway 6 from West Beaver Creek Blvd.
For more information on the Avon impacts, contact the town of Avon at 970-748-4000.
The internal combustion engine is an amazing piece of engineering. By combining precisely designed pieces of metal and some gaskets, these powerplants can easily move humans at a mile a minute (60 miles per hour) or much more. To really appreciate what this means, watch these guys make a Honda Civic that gets power from a bicycle built for two.
The construction is pretty simple. The engine is already out of the Civic, but the gearbox is still in place. The builders remove the bike’s rear wheel and build a frame for attaching it to the car. A belt attaches the rear cassette to the vehicle’s transmission.
The result of this work is that two guys on the bike can pedal to power the car. Meanwhile, the person behind the wheel is responsible for steering and shifting into the appropriate gear.
These guys naturally decide that the best place to take this machine is on a drive to the local McDonald’s. They manage to reach a rousing 2 miles per hour, which is slower than the average person walks, there is forward progress, though.
Everyone (except for one driver) loves the sight of these two guys pedaling the bike while their buddy has the much easier job of steering from inside the Civic. Nearly everyone they pass has a phone out to record the bizarre vehicle.
They eventually make it to McDonald’s and naturally go through the drive-through to order because that’s the most eye-catching option for a bike-powered car. After getting their drinks, it’s time to head back.
Unfortunately, the cops take interest in the bizarre contraption and pull over the vehicle. The police officer is very confused, though, and lets them pedal away.
Looks like the future is going to be all-electric, and the Petersen Automotive Museum is celebrating it with their exhibit, “Building an Electric Future: The Technology of Today for the Vehicles of Tomorrow.”
While that title isn’t exactly spot-on—sounds like we’ll have outdated technology in the future—the exhibit itself is pretty cool. Actually, the Petersen has had some sort of Cars of Tomorrow-type exhibit its whole existence, from the day the museum first opened in 1994. Those cars have included everything from whacky, university-built solar cars for the World Solar Challenge race to steam cars and early electrics.
“We endeavor to do two things, learn from the past and become inspired for the future,” said Petersen Museum chief historian Leslie Kendall. “With electric cars, we’ve done both of those things.”
The museum has a 1901 Detroit Electric car that it exhibits to remind people how long EVs have been a thing.
“A lot of people had no idea that there were electric cars before the present day,” Kendall said. “They had absolutely no idea. And they find it very, very interesting that the application of that technology is being reinvigorated in so many amazing ways.”
With what one can only assume was a big infusion of Deutschmarks from VW, a lot of the exhibit features VW EVs, from the e-Golf to the ID.R that obliterated the record at Pikes Peak just a few years ago. There’s even a VW ID. Buzz microbus concept, the original yellow one, on hand. The latest addition is the ID.4 crossover, which rides on Volkswagen’s all-electric MEB architecture. And it’s not just any ID.4; it’s the off-road concept that recently completed the NORRA Mexican 1000 off-road race.
“‘Building an Electric Future’ gives a behind the scenes look at making the new age of electric and autonomous mobility happen,” said Klaus Zyciora, head of design at Volkswagen Group. “It shows varying perspectives from the point of view of the designer, the manufacturer, and the consumer.”
“The ‘Building an Electric Future’ exhibit is a prime example of the future of mobility through the eyes of the world’s largest automobile manufacturer,” said Petersen Executive Director Terry L. Karges. “We are proud to present this exhibit with Volkswagen and ignite a conversation about the impact of an electrified future. We hope it inspires museum guests to think critically about the cars of tomorrow and the challenges manufacturers are facing to design them.”
Volkswagen notes that “Building an Electric Future” is the feature installation under the “Driving Toward Tomorrow” series of exhibits at the Petersen. The series addresses the automobile industry’s current work on the future of transportation design and displays actual concept vehicles being developed by a global selection of automobile manufacturers.
If you’ve had the chance to spend time at the Petersen Museum, what’s been your favorite exhibit? Share in the comments below.
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